Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Spot the traitor

I'm astonished that there are people calling former National PM Jim Bolger a traitor for agreeing to take the job of chairman of FailRail.

If, as Whale Oil says, "Bolger should have his party membership cancelled, all photos of his potato head removed from all party offices and all mention of him expunged from the record" for the crime of fronting FailRail, then what should the Notional Party do about its leader John Key, who's now on record as promising not to get rid of the damned albatross, and to continue making the taxpayer pay for its losses? Perhaps up to $1.5 billion worth of costs!

If Bolger should be banished, then what about Key?

If Bolger is "a dirty filthy socialist hugger [who] should be avoided" for chairing the damn loss-making so-called enterprise, then what is John Key for not having the balls to dismantle the whole miserable, mouldering, ragtag bundle of dollar-destroying baloney.

Is there a name for him, people?

Answers on a goddamn postcard please.


  1. Why do these people get so full of hate for the Rt Hon James Bolger? He is an entirely consistent fellow and not at all in opposition to National and its standards of operation. So, why the bile from blue supporters of team blue?

    BTW does anyone remember J Bolger's answer when Lindsay Perigo, during an interview, asked about core principles in politics?


  2. Listening to both Bolger & Michael Cullen on the radio, I couldn't decide as to who sounded the bigger pompous ass.

    These new brothers-in-arms clearly show the lack of difference between a National socialist and a Labour socialist.

    Must be a good feed, that state mammary. Once they've had a taste, they don't seem to be in any great hurry to to wean themselves, eh.

  3. .. something about it being 'bullshit' having principles tied to philosophy, LG ... ?

    I stand corrected, but that rings a bell.

  4. Sean Fitzpatrick3 Jul 2008, 11:10:00

    My vote is for 'unprincipled, opportunistic wimp'

  5. Sus

    You're spot on. It's a shame he thought like that because by all accounts he is a good organiser and a strong negotiator. Many of those who have dealt with him report that he is effective at getting varied groups of differing people organised, motivated and directed. Some friends of mine in the USA claim he was extremely effective promoting the NZ cause in Washington. Still, it would seem his approach is range of the moment pragmatic. Certainly his comments to Lindsay suggest that's the case. It would be interesting to hear his present opinions.


  6. BTW was that you on the radio this morning?



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